Early this summer KENZO is releasing the first edition of a series of sneakers designed by Artistic Director Nigo, taking the brand into uncharted sportswear territory. Launching in June 2023, the “KENZO-DOME” is a minimalist cupsole sneaker inspired by mid-1990s skateboarding era.
Its name pays homage to the internationally renowned skate spot located in the grounds of the Palais de Tokyo – the DOME, a Parisian skateboarding landmark. Drawing on the aesthetics volume of 90s sneakers, with their flat outsole and puffed‑up tongue, the KENZO-Dome is available in classic skateboarding suede (resilient and flexible) as well as in grained leather. A “KENZO Paris” rubber logo is applied on the Napa leather-padded tongue, as well as at the back of the shoe, while the “KENZO” logo is engraved on the side of the outsole, genuinely designed to give the skater a better balance. The retro-look lining is soft and the collar padded, adding extra comfort to the shoe.
The KENZO-Dome comes in a classic variety of colors as well as seasonal shades. It is available for both men and women in beige or pink suede with tan rubber outsole, as well as in black suede with black outsole with tan rubber detailing. A white-grained leather version with white outsole completes the range.
Balancing authentic skater culture with KENZO’s high-fashion approach, the KENZO‑Dome campaign was shot at the iconic skate spot the sneakers were named after. The images lensed by Frank Lebon feature a gang of friends skateboarding in a spirit of camaraderie reminiscent of the 90s.
The KENZO-Dome sneaker will be available from June 2023 for €290 in KENZO stores and at kenzo.com.
The second drop of the KENZO by Nigo debut sneaker series will be announced later in the season.